Parisian Phoenix Publishing started as a nonchalant cooperation between editor/writer Angel Ackerman and graphic designer Gayle Hendricks. The two met in the late 1990s, as new employees in Lafayette College’s Public Information Office. Gayle likes to tell the story that the IT department ignored her for three days and Angel shared her own internet password so that Gayle could do some work. As Angel’s position required dabbling in layout software and web maintenance, Gayle would set up the templates and tutor Angel on how to use them. The partnership continued for 20 years, with Angel offering wordsmithing and Gayle offering design whenever the pair had a project afoot.

The name “Parisian Phoenix” stems from Angel’s love of French language, literature and history combined with the idea that it’s never too late to rebuild oneself.

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Editorial Staff

This image is a photograph of founder and publisher Angel Ackerman, a white woman with short, dark hair, big brown eyes and glasses

Angel Ackerman

Founder, Publisher, & Editor

Angel Ackerman had a 15-year career in print journalism and has dabbled in creative and travel writing throughout her life. She has a BA in English Language and Literature (and French) from Moravian College, a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, and has taken graduate level classes in World History at West Chester University, specializing in post-colonial Francophone Africa and Muslim relations.

Angel’s nonprofit involvement includes fostering cats with Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab, communications oversight at Anti-Trafficking group ASPIRE to Autonomy, and past volunteering on the board of Mary Meuser Memorial Library and Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group. Her professional nonprofit career includes public relations and “tech” curriculum development at the YWCA of Bethlehem, communications and fundraising work at anti-poverty, literacy entity ProJeCt of Easton, and community relations and alumni publications at Lafayette College.

Special Interests: France and Francophone Africa, Animal Welfare, Disability, Women’s Rights, Parenting, Food/Nutrition, and High Fashion

Email me: angel.ackerman@yahoo.com

Nancy Scott


Nancy Scott’s more than 900 essays and poems have appeared in magazines, literary journals, anthologies, newspapers, and as audio commentaries. Her latest chapbook appears on Amazon, The Almost Abecedarian. She won First Prize in the 2009 International Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. Recent work appears in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Braille Forum, Chrysanthemum, Kaleidoscope, One Sentence Poems, Shark Reef, Wordgathering, and Yahoo News.

Special interests: poetry, visual impairment, disability, NASA

Darrell Parry, Proofreader

Darrell Parry is a writer, artist and event organizer. He founded the online publication Stick Figure Poetry Quarterly and the monthly Stick Figure Poetry open mic. He also co-hosts Lehigh Valley Poetry’s Virtual Salon, which meets on Zoom the first Monday of every month. His alter ego works in higher education, not a professor, but as one of those reviled peddlers of unaffordable course materials. Believe it or not, he even sometimes sells poetry books.

Special interests: poetry, haunt crafting, gaming, steam punk, colored pencil drawing

Eva Parry

Bringer of Common Sense

Eva Parry assists operations as the teenager who can maneuver the older generation out of technology snafus. She has a good ear for music, poetry and literature. When not attending her local high school, Eva trains dogs, runs a pet sitting business, waitresses at a small diner, and volunteers with Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab.

Special interests: dogs, animal welfare, music, video games

Visual Staff

Gayle F. Hendricks

Co-founder and Art Director

Gayle F. Hendricks discovered her love of art via a 64-box of Crayola crayons and a Spirograph. She thought she’d be an architect or an art teacher when she grew up but an nontraditional educational trajectory—AA from Northampton Community College, BA in sociology from Cedar Crest, MFA from Marywood University—led to a career in graphic design. She started setting signs in a local department store (and fell in love with typography), moved into advertising, and eventually got a job at a local print shop in the paper era. Production in that print shop introduced her to a machine called the Mac IIci and Gayle learned very early the art of computerized graphic design and publishing.

When she’s not working with authors or doing volunteer work for nonprofits like the YWCA of Bethlehem, Girl Scouts and League of Women Voters, Gayle teaches at Northampton Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College and East Stroudsburg University.

Special Interests: Typography, Doodling, Ecology, Walking, the Road less Traveled

Email me: gaylefhendricks@gmail.com

Joan Zachary, Photographer

Joan Zachary was born in upstate New York and moved to Pennsylvania in 1974. She has been intrigued by photography since childhood, but she is also a musician and writer. Currently Joan lives in Point Phillips, Pennsylvania with her fiancé, musician Randall Smith, one very photogenic cat, and the many residents of Plastiqueville.

Peer Review Board

Angel Ackerman, angelackerman.com

Gayle F. Hendricks

Fausta Luchini, Life Coach, Fausta’s Place to Ponder

Darrell Parry

Eva Parry

William Prystauk, Author/Screenwriter and Horror Podcast Host, Crash Palace Productions

Joan Zachary, joanzachary.com

Nancy Scott